Like your mother always said: Honesty is the best policy.
And Boston Celtics rookie Semi Ojeleye abided by that mantra during the second quarter of the C’s Game 3 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Ojeleye was tasked with guarding LeBron James for a brief stint, and during one possession, James drove to the rim and missed a layup, but the officials called a foul after James made a bit of a scene after the miss.
After the whistle, Ojeleye and James could be seen having a brief conversation about the call, and the SMU product shared his interaction with King James on Sunday at shootaround.
“He asked me if I fouled him,” Ojeleye said, via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe. “And I was like, ‘C’mon man, no.'”
It sounds like James was just surprised he missed the point-blank attempt and automatically looked for a foul, despite not knowing if he was actually fouled.
Spoiler alert: he wasn’t.
The replay showed that James blew past Ojeleye and the C’s rookie contested without fouling, but the officials gave James the benefit of the doubt.